In­dia to De­ploy 36 War­ships in Air Naval Exercises in Pak­istan’s Only Sea-Trade Route

India Strategic - - INDUSTRY -

NEW DELHI. As part of its post-Uri show of strength, In­dia will hold a ma­jor naval ex­er­cise in the Ara­bian Sea in the com­ing weeks. The naval show, called the De­fence of Gu­jarat Ex­er­cise (DGX), will take place near Pak­istan’s coast line.

Three dozen war­ships and sub­marines as well as In­dian Air Force (IAF) air­craft are likely to take part. The Ara­bian Sea is Pak­istan’s main sea trad­ing route. In­tel­li­gence and de­fence of­fi­cials said a show of naval strength in this area can be a cru­cial part of In­dia’s mes­sage to Pak­istan. Naval exercises prac­tice ma­noeu­vres to de­fend a mar­itime as­sault on In­dian main­land and as­sume a num­ber of hos­tile con­tin­gen­cies. De­fence of In­dian as­sets such as oil rigs as well as coastal se­cu­rity will be part of the ma­noeu­vres. Fighter, re­con­nais­sance and pa­trol air­craft are part of such exercises. IAF’s mar­itime role Jaguars and Su-30 MKIs, and navy’s re­con­nais­sance and pa­trol air­craft, plus un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles, will be de­ployed.

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